Monday, November 9, 2009

Restricted Bridges, Opposite Currents, Funny Boats and Bad Alternators....

Our position tonight:,-77.76947&spn=0.166676,0.417137&t=h&z=12&msid=102224145462847302635.000477f80df44988e9c24

We and the Gypsies cruised about 40 miles today.  We're anchored with about 25 or so other boats, mostly sailboats in the Wrightsville Beach, NC anchorage.  This anchorage is just north of the Masonboro Inlet.  It was a long day due to restricted bridges (they only open at designated times).  We had to wait for a couple; and, in some of the locations, we were fighting the tidal currents shooting in from the Atlantic into the Intracoastal at the inlets.  Then the bad news.  One of Gypsies alternators went belly up.  Doug is waiting for the engine room to cool down before attempting rescue.  But, he thinks it will have to be replaced since it is exhibiting the same symptoms that the other alternator exhibited before it croaked.  We all have one alternator on each engine.  I offered him the spare I carry, but it is different and would require extensive rewiring.  Doug says he has installed these before, so not to worry.

This "boat" was actually blocking our way through the Wrightsville Beach Lift Bridge.  Could not tell immediately what it was.  His engine was stalled and they were frantically trying to restart her as 10 or so boats were transiting the bridge opening heading south.  Then, we saw exactly what it was.  It was this....  You tell me!

Yesterday, we cruised from Morehead City to Mile Hammock Anchorage.  Mile Hammock is part of Camp LeJune Marine Base but is open to public anchoring.  We've been there a couple of times before on our northerly/southerly treks.  Here's its location:,-77.32461&spn=0.020747,0.052142&t=h&z=15&msid=102224145462847302635.000477f8a193a604caa82

It was a very peacefull anchorage with bright stars we could touch, and quiet.  That is till this morning.  Just after we departed we heard bombs exploding.  Must have been those bunker-busters they were so loud and the vibration was felt in our chests.  Tammy hit the nail on the head:  "we left just in time".

Here's Gypsies in the Palace this morning just after sunrise.

This looks like an old Marine artillery target, but it's parked in the anchorage.

No comments:

Post a Comment